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    Re: Rockport Altair 2

    Welcome to AS, David! Great setup you have there, well done!


    Allen

    Speakers: Magico S7
    Amp: CH Precision A1
    Preamp: Trinity Preamp
    Phono: Trinity Phono
    TT: Kronos Sparta, Helena arm, Airtight PC-1
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    Re: Rockport Altair 2

    Quote Originally Posted by David.m View Post
    Thanks for the welcome guys.
    Cyril, my sources are analogue - Thales TTT-C/Simplicity, Lyra Atlas, RCM Theriaa phono, digital - Playback Designs MPS-5 SACD, amp - ASR Emitter II Exclusive + Battery Power Supply, the Avior's, cables are a Thales phono & Argento Flow IC's/speaker, HRS isolation. I couldn't be happier & am hoping this set-up will do me for quite a few years
    Welcome to AS, David. Impressive list of equipment - I can understand you being quite content. I'm very interested in hearing about your ASR Emitter amplifier, so I'll likely send a PM later.

    Van
    Volti Vittora speakers, Raven Audio Spirit Reference 300B monoblocks, Raven Audio Silhouette Reference pre-amp, Linn Klimax DS, AMG V12 turntable, Micro Benz Ebony cartrige, High Fidelity Ultimate Reference cables.

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    Re: Rockport Altair 2

    How do I post a full scale pic , thru it's url ?

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    Re: Rockport Altair 2

    Quote Originally Posted by hiro100 View Post
    I heard the Rockport Avior and Atria today. I'm rarely blown away by a speaker but I thought these two speakers were just superb. Disappeared like few speakers I've heard and the reproduction of vocals and acoustic guitar was just stunning. Other strengths were depth of imaging and balance from bass to treble. I kept hearing the Rockport had a denser tonality and this was true but I was taken back by just how much resolution these speakers let through yet was extremely musical. I could have kept listening to them. Electronics were BAT stereo amp and preamplifier with Esoteric DAC/CD Player. Now I really want to hear the Altair and Arrakis!
    I think that is an excellent description of the sound each time I have heard Rockports...3 times, 3 systems. Merak Sheritan IIs, Altair 2, Arrakis. It really is something to behold. I keep talking about scale in order to describe the fact that a guitar or a voice just seems 'fuller'...but you have described it better...denser tonality. The guitar string really is powerful and dense...so is the voice. No bigger but definitely more powerful. Kinda like the difference between an [underamped] Martin Logan CLX where the voices are beautiful, ethereal and well placed in space, but a bit ghostly...vs an XLF where the voice may not have quiet the placement...but it is SOLID. the Altair and Arrakis are SOLID...but in comparison to the sound I heard with the XLF twice and the Arrakis once, the Arrakis was far MORE tonally solid, powerful, quiet, etc...than anything I have heard other than Genesis 1.1s which were expertly re-built and setup in a custom room.
    Source: Zanden 4-Box Digital
    Amp: CJ GAT2 + Gryphon Mephisto Stereo
    Speaker: Wilson X1 + Velodyne DD18+


    Cable: TA Opus (Gen5 & MM2) + PAD 25th + Sablon GCUber
    Power: 7 Dedicated Lines Furutech + Burmester 948 + NordostQX4
    Isolation: Under: HRS+Stillpoints+Auralex Top: HRS+Artesania+Entreq+EAT+90kg Mass
    Ground/Shield: Tripoint Troy Sig & Thor + Entreq Atlantis / Receivus +Everest+Wrap
    Room/Tube: Stillpoints Apertures / Amperex + Mullard
    Headphone Setup: Sennheiser 650 + Arcam rHead + Apogee Groove

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    Re: Rockport Altair 2

    Quote Originally Posted by LL21 View Post
    ...in fact, I'd love to do a shoot out between a pair of Arrakis and a pair of Altair 2s with 2-4 subs expertly setup. In a room 17 x 33...I wonder if there would be much between the two in terms of scale...any thoughts out there?
    Having spoken with a couple people, I actually think a relevant shoot-out would be:

    - Arrakis with 1 stereo amp or maybe 1 set of monos vs
    - Altair 2 with 1 stereo amp plus dual subs

    Why? For some, the idea of 4 monos, plus the extra full set of ICs to go from preamp to Active Crossover and then from Active Crossover to 4 monos...is a huge leap of cost, space, and setup/maintenance.

    I think for some monoblocking a pair of XLFs, Raidho D5s, Focal Grande is commitment and cost enough! Is perfectly driving an Altair with subs going to compare well with an Arrakis that is perhaps less than optimally setup?
    Source: Zanden 4-Box Digital
    Amp: CJ GAT2 + Gryphon Mephisto Stereo
    Speaker: Wilson X1 + Velodyne DD18+


    Cable: TA Opus (Gen5 & MM2) + PAD 25th + Sablon GCUber
    Power: 7 Dedicated Lines Furutech + Burmester 948 + NordostQX4
    Isolation: Under: HRS+Stillpoints+Auralex Top: HRS+Artesania+Entreq+EAT+90kg Mass
    Ground/Shield: Tripoint Troy Sig & Thor + Entreq Atlantis / Receivus +Everest+Wrap
    Room/Tube: Stillpoints Apertures / Amperex + Mullard
    Headphone Setup: Sennheiser 650 + Arcam rHead + Apogee Groove

 

 
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